Our community regeneration work does not take place in a vacuum, there is a wide range of organisations operating in the communities we serve. In order to avoid duplication and maximise the investment of resources from these diverse sources we will endeavour to work in partnership.
Clyde Gateway Urban Regeneration Company, a partnership between Glasgow City Council, South Lanarkshire Council and Scottish Enterprise, has responsibility for driving a 20 year investment programme in the east end of Glasgow. It has responsibility for and involvement in a range of social and economic investment programmes including; 2014 Commonwealth Games; M74 extension, the east end regeneration route and other housing and business infrastructure projects. Creating employment opportunities for local people is therefore a key priority for Clyde Gateway and we are working with them to develop a joint initiative to improve the job prospects of a proportion of the people who receive support from our financial inclusion project.
Glasgow's Regeneration Agency East (GRAE)
GRA also has a strategic responsibility to promote employment in the most disadvantaged communities in Glasgow by supporting business development in these areas and helping people to develop the skills and qualifications needed to secure and retain a job. The GRAE team in the east end are working with us to help develop a community facility in the Calton area and we are working together in establishing an employability strand to our existing financial inclusion project. GRA is also assisting us in developing and managing a community benefit clause that is now part of our procurement process.
John Wheatley College
We are working with the college in a variety of ways. We plan to extend the scope of our financial inclusion project to include employability support for a proportion of the people we see. These people are a long way from employment therefore a first step is to improve their confidence, enhance their skills and develop their work disciplines. A 10 week course is being developed with the college that will enable around 30 of our tenants to move closer to employment during 2011 / 12. We are also working with the college to develop a Modern Apprenticeship course in Money Advice to encourage housing associations to provide training opportunities for local people.
East End HA Regeneration Forum (EEHARF)
Housing associations in the east end of Glasgow face similar challenges in helping their tenants and in addressing the needs of their communities and often adopt similar approaches in tackling these problems. We will work cooperatively with those associations to develop and deliver projects jointly in order to secure economies of scale and in order to share expertise and experience. We will do so by re-establishing EEHARF, a local form for associations to discuss and plan partnership working. Currently we are exploring how to extend money advice and welfare rights provision by developing employability support to tenants who are recipients of financial inclusion support.